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Changing Climate and Culture

“We call it ‘nuna,’” says Mia Otokiak, gesturing to the ground covered in inch-high willow and moss. Nuna means “land” in Inuinnaqtun, and yet it means so much more in Inuit communities across Canada’s North. The nuna is where Inuit like Mia hunt, travel, and reconnect with their roots. In summer, when the nuna becomes […]

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We All Agree: We Need Our North

The Arctic is in the grip of unprecedented change and is warming at twice the rate of any other region in world. Fundamental threats such as man-made pollutants contaminating the marine food web and climate change, are giving rise to complex changes in Arctic weather, ocean currents, sea levels, and sea ice formation. These dramatic […]

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Narwhal Study: Narwhal Stampede

By Clint Wright, Vancouver Aquarium executive vice president & chief operating officer A strong and gusting onshore breeze has been blowing from the north for the last few days and very few narwhals have been passing by — of those spotted only a handful were swimming by on our side of the Sound. The weather […]

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Narwhal Study: Tags Deployed Pt 2

By Clint Wright, Vancouver Aquarium executive vice president & chief operating officer As the wind increased, I returned to my tent to secure all my belongings. The frame and lines were being buffeted in a non-stop barrage and the fabric was being whipped back and forth mercilessly. The sound was so loud I couldn’t hear […]

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Arctic August: Arctic Ice Packs

By John Nightingale, President & CEO, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre This past winter (2015-2016) the Arctic ice pack, which is the ice cover of the Arctic Ocean, saw the smallest amount of ice formed during any winter since scientists began keeping records augmented with satellite data in the mid 1960s. The ice freezes and […]

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To Another 60 Years of Protecting Our Oceans

Today, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre celebrates 60 years of ocean conservation and there is much to be proud of. Over six decades we have inspired tens of millions of people to take action on ocean conservation – 44 million people have engaged in aquatic life through a visit to our marine science centre and hundreds […]

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Earth Hour Inspiration from some Energy-Saving Animals

Saturday, March 19 marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour. From 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time, turn off your household lights and electronics to raise awareness of climate action and help combat climate change. There are plenty of ways to pass the time: eat dinner by candlelight, play board games, make shadow puppets or even play […]

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Coastal Ocean Awards Celebrate Marine Science — And Much More

Ocean leaders made waves this week at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, as British Columbia’s best and brightest in ocean conservation and research gathered at the sold-out 21st Annual Coastal Ocean Awards. The annual dinner celebrates B.C.’s leaders in marine science, conservation, art, technology, volunteerism, communication, and philanthropy. “The award recipients demonstrate that we […]

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